Caregivers Count Too! Toolkit

An Online Toolkit to Help Practicioners Assess the Needs of Family Caregivers

Now more than ever, involving family caregivers is a necessary part of working with older people and adults with disabilities in all practice settings. As our population ages, more people with chronic and disabling conditions are choosing to live at home or in the community, launching their family members and close friends into action as caregivers.

The toolkit is broken up into sections . . .

National Consensus Report on Caregiver Assessment: Volumes I & ll

This groundbreaking two-part report from the National Center on Caregiving at Family Caregiver Alliance calls for significant improvement in health care and long-term care that relies too much on families without recognizing and assessing family caregivers' own support and health needs. Caregiver assessment is an essential component of comprehensive care for frail elders and adults with chronic or disabling conditions, particularly dementia.

Caregivers Count Too! Section 2: Why Assess the Needs of Family Caregivers?

Assessment builds caregiver morale and capacity:

  • Caregivers who have their needs assessed feel acknowledged, valued, and better understood by practitioners.
  • Caregivers gain a better grasp of their role and the abilities required to carry out tasks.
  • If the physical, emotional and financial strains on family caregivers become too great, care in the home may be seriously jeopardized.

It’s the key to care planning:

Demencia (Dementia)


En la comunidad médica se emplea el término de "demencia" para describir a los pacientes con trastornos de la capacidad intelectual. Los pacientes de demencia también pueden clasificarse según padezcan de demencia "presenil" o "senil", "síndrome cerebral orgánico" o "crónico", "arteriosclerosis" o "atrofia cerebral". Es importante señalar que la demencia no es una dolencia normal del proceso de envejecimiento. Los trastornos de demencia son provocados por procesos patológicos anormales y pueden afectar tanto a las personas jóvenes como a los ancianos.


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